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Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson

Challenge Director Smart Sustainable Plastics Pac, UKRI
Paul joined UKRI in January 2020 as Challenge Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge fund. This £60 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is designed to find ways of cutting waste in the supply chain, to develop new business models, and to create new sustainable recyclable materials.

Paul joined UKRI from SABIC where he was responsible for market development in Europe of its flexible packaging resins. As part of this he used his previous experience in plastics sustainability to drive both mechanical and chemical recycling solutions into the plastics packaging market.

Prior to joining SABIC, Paul spent 11 years at WRAP running various plastics recycling programmes including the development of food grade HDPE and PP recycling processes.

Paul holds a first degree in Materials Science and Technology from Brunel University and a PhD in the processing of PET from Loughborough University.